[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Philly Artists Confront Gentrification and Immigration at Painted Bride

Matthew Thompson mthompson at paintedbride.org
Thu Nov 16 12:44:58 EST 2017


PAINTED BRIDE's ARTS AND ADVOCACY PROJECT CULMINATES IN DOUBLE FEATURE AND
EXHIBITION BY PHILLY ARTISTS

PHILADELPHIA, PA— BrideNext
<https://paintedbride.org/events/bride-next-showcase/>, Painted Bride Art
Center’s newest arts initiative, culminates in a double presentation and
gallery exhibit on November 17 and 18 at 8pm. Artists ILL DOOTS
<https://www.facebook.com/ILLDOOTS/> and Belle Alvarez
<http://www.bellealvarez.com/>, present original works centered on
gentrification and immigration, respectively.

With theater artist Marty Pottenger as the project’s lead facilitator,
BrideNext
brings together Philadelphia’s millennial generation of artists, workers,
and community organizers. In April, music collective ILL DOOTS and
choreographer Belle Alvarez joined the project as artists in residence,
each tasked with creating original programming to address local issues
through creativity and advocacy. Together, Pottenger, ILL DOOTS, Alvarez,
and Painted Bride have engaged Philadelphians through civic dialogues,
potlucks, workshops, and community events. This November, the artists
present their works in a one-weekend-only run of performances.

*ILL DOOTS present Existence, Resistance and the Sounds of Surroundings**.
Centered on gentrification,* this multimedia concert uses music to amplify
the stories, grievances, and desires of the residents neighboring the
ever-expanding campus of Temple University. The material for this
production is sourced directly from conversations and workshops with
individuals, community organizations, and Temple University representatives
about the the displacement and cultural erasure of gentrification.

ILL DOOTS will also mount an installation in the upper gallery that acts as
both a selfie booth and a space for self-reflection, featuring a photo
booth, video, and acrylic paintings over reflective glass by Jonathan
Delgado Melendez. To quote the artists “We are a reflection of all that had
come before us. Society is a mirror. If that mirror breaks will we cease to
exist?

*Belle Alvarez’s work focuses on justice and selfhood for American
immigrants. *Ageless Dream: Historias Nuestras threads together memories of
home, journeys across national borders, and questions around the American
crisis of immigration. In partnership with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
<http://www.albustanseeds.org/>, Aquinas Center
<https://staquinas.com/aquinascenter/>, and New Sanctuary Movement
<http://sanctuaryphiladelphia.org/>, Belle will facilitate a dialogue
rooted in movement among migrant communities and allies.

Alvarez’s portion of the exhibit, entitled So what? Reflections from
Community Organizers of Philadelphia, is a series of portraits by Jeremy
Zimmerman <http://jeremy-zim.com/>. Alvarez and Zimmerman interviewed three
millennial organizers in about their life journeys, hopes, fears, and
vision for social change. Bethany Welch, Jazmín Delgado, Diana Misdary live
and work in between the spaces of activism and academia, neighborhood and
institution.

BrideNext’s Culminating Showcase happens at Painted Bride Art Center
November 17 and 18 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 General Admission. To purchase,
log on to paintedbride.org or call 215.925.9914 <(215)%20925-9914>. For
press inquiries, please contact Communications Manager Matthew Thompson at
mthompson at paintedbride.org.



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